2007/08/26

Lights Out!

In the interest of saving energy, the moon will be turned off tomorrow night between the hours of......

Early Tuesday evening in Japan (early Tuesday morning in the USA) we will be treated to a total eclipse of the moon. Europe and Africa will miss this one.

It does not look like the weather here in Japan will cooperate, but we'll see. In Japan time, the total eclipse of the moon will begin at 6:52 p.m. and end at 8:22 p.m. Tuesday, and the full moon glowing dimly in a red copper color will be visible from around 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the southeastern sky. The last total lunar eclipse to be visible from Japan occurred in January of 2001.

For skygazers in Fiji, the eclipse will begin at 8:52 PM Tuesday evening. In Hawaii, it will be 11:52 PM Monday night. If you're on Pacific Daylight Time, you'll need to be awake at 2:52 AM Tuesday morning (yawn!).

NASA graphic showing times for Pacific Time Zone viewers.



The times I've given are for totality. You'll want to be watching well in advance of that in order to witness the whole event.

For details regarding viewing the eclipse in your location see the Earth & Sky or NASA websites.

Following the eclipse, the moon will be returned to FULL in time for my mother's birthday on Wednesday.

17 comments:

The Moody Minstrel said...

Bloody moon...

ladybug said...

Don't know if we'll be able to see anything, since it's during the day and all, but we'll check it out!

QUASAR9 said...

can't be bad
even the moon is on light saving
maybe there's still a chance

Minstrel - Bloody Moon, is that a new cocktail or a bloody mary with xtra worcester sauce

Pandabonium said...

Moody - Christopher Columbus is said to have used his knowledge of the lunar eclipse in 1503 to fool native Jamaicans into believing he had supernatural powers (or connections). Bloody slave owner.

Ladybug - "during the day" ???
You're a lot further north than I thought. ;^)

Quasar9 - I'll drink to that.

Martin J Frid said...

Tintin does that trick too, I had no idea Columbus beat him to it.

Pandabonium said...

Martin - Tintin, eh? Well Chris beat him to it by quite some time. He used the trick on his last voyage to the Americas in 1503. The story goes that it was to save his crew from the natives who were treating them poorly. Knowing something of Columbus and crew's past behavior, I'd say it more likely that the natives were fed up at the mistreatment that they were receiving and had decided to stop being hospitable. Too bad they didn't challenge him to repeat the magic.

Swinebread said...

I'm staying up late!

PinkPanther said...

Astronomical observations have always been my fancy. Unfortunately, it’s always
can’t see the lunar eclipse in here. :-<

Pandabonium said...

Swinebread - may the weather be with you.

PinkPanther - really? Is it cloudy there too? It is here. I won't get to see it. 5:52PM your time you should be able to see it if weather permits.

Martin J Frid said...

Cloudy in Tokyo and Saitama too, we even had a thunderstorm as my train left Ikebukuro.

Good thing Columbus didn't make it to Japan!

ladybug said...

Well, the weather was perfect, and when my husband woke us up, we could see it perfectly!

I thought that it was going to be during the day for us, but I guess I was wrong, turned out to be about 2:50 am (Pacific Time).

I didn't stay up for the whole thing (gotta get up early for work, and I went to bed late...), but it sure was neat!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Funny that, here in Japan, all evening long the TV was flashing heavy rain / flood warnings for just about everywhere around us, but we never even got a drop of rain. Just really ugly, cloudy skies. If the eclipse was visible, I missed it.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Here in Australia it was about 8 to 9 p.m. last night and I had a look from my back yard in the early stages. People were arguing on the radio about whether it was pink or red. But I'm crook with a kind of viral infection - coughing, aching, etc. so I don't really care!
w.

Pandabonium said...

Wendy - we missed it entirely here due to weather. Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Not much of anything is of interest when one doesn't feel well. Take care.

Robin said...

yes, the wonderful red moon..

we are supposed to see it at 5 plus in the evening..

perhaps too early for the moon..

Heard that the next one will be better.. so watch out for it.

Pandabonium said...

Hi Robin. Anything would be better than the thick cloud cover we saw here at the time. The day before, I saw the moon in the sky, though there was already some cloud obscuring the view. But last night it was completely hidden.

Hope you'll check back here to see some pics we took at temples in Kamakura last week.

Robin said...

yes yes... waiting eagerly..